August 7, 2015

Leonard L. Lear


Lear L, obit photoLeonard Leslie Lear, 92, Lincoln, died August 6, 2015. He was born May 25, 1923 in Lincoln to his parents, Jacob and Edna Lear.

As a child he grew up in the Havelock area of Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated in the first graduating class of Lincoln Northeast High School in 1942. Shortly after graduation he entered the Army where he served in World War II.

Upon his return home, he married his sweetheart (Dora) Arlene Miller. Together, he and Arlene had three children, David, Barbara, and Rhonda.

He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad at the Havelock Shops for 42 years, as well as laying sod for Bullock and working concessions for the University of Nebraska. When he retired from Burlington he was the Weighmaster.

Leonard enjoyed all Nebraska Sporting events, especially football and was a St. Louis Cardinal fan. In his younger years he was the coach for his son David’s baseball team and later attended many of his grandchildren’s sporting and creative arts events. He had an obsession with yard work, enjoyed woodworking and spent a lot of time playing bingo with friends. He liked to travel and while his children were young the family would ride to Chicago on the train. He was well known for his outdoor decorations that would light up the neighborhood during the Christmas seasons.

Preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Arlene; son, David; son-in-law, Ric Douglass; and his grandsons, Shane and Troy Leech.

Survived by daughters, Barbara Lear-Douglass and Rhonda (Howie) Leech; and daughter-in-law, Dianna Lear; grandchildren, Jennifer Lear, Angela (Bobby) Dixon, Tina Clark, Jessica (Mike) Pasika, Zac (Mandy) Douglass, Tessa (Brian) Kroksh, Sarah (Aaron) DeLoa, and Heather Leech; great-grandchildren: Brittany, Kylse, and Shane Dixon, Mikayla, Samantha, and Jeremiah Pasika, Calvin Douglass, Julian DeLoa, Jayma and Tenley Kroksh.

Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, visitation one hour prior. Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln. Military Honors at Graveside to follow.

Memorials to the family for future designation.

1 Comment

  1. RIP Lenny, now you and David can play Bingo again


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